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Bryan Cave's litigation and dispute resolution practice is considerable and broad-based. We have litigated and arbitrated matters involving all aspects of the franchise relationship throughout the United States . Some of the issues we have handled include: allegations of wrongful termination and failing to renew; allegations of RICO violations; claims of advertising fund impropriety; antitrust tying claims; claims arising out of supplier restrictions and rebates; claims of fraud; claims of breach of contract and alleged lack of good faith and fair dealing. We also have handled claims arising out of system acquisitions and divestitures; allegations of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act; allegations of violations of various state consumer protection laws; class actions claims; claims implicating potential vicarious liability for franchised outlets; encroachment claims and boundary disputes.

Representative Litigation Franchise Matters:

  • Represent franchisors in numerous groundbreaking franchise-related decisions.
  • Enforce termination rights of franchisors throughout the country.
  • Defend franchisors against claims of violations of the various state franchise investment and relationship statutes.
  • Represent franchisors in connection with inquiry letters and investigations by government agencies.
  • Obtain dismissal of encroachment claims at the pleading and summary judgment stage.
  • Enforce franchisors rights to obtain general releases from franchisees at various stages in the franchise relationship.
  • Defend franchisors against claims of nondisclosure and fraud.
  • Obtain favorable judgments against claims of unfair competition against franchisor for competing with franchisees.
  • Defend claims arising out of acquisitions and sales of franchise systems.
  • Manage quality assurance litigation for several franchise systems.
  • Defend claims related to advertising fund improprieties.
  • Obtain dismissals of race and other discrimination claims.